Empty calories no more
A biofortified rice high in iron and zinc is set to combat hidden hunger in developing countries
Making megacities healthy for humans
How urban ecology can provide a greener alternative to the concrete jungles of the future
Obesity link to packaging chemical
New research brings scientists a step closer to understanding how exposure of embryos to BPA, a common chemical found in plastics, could impact our health
Unlocking the inner workings of plant growth
Sustainable biofuels are closer to reality after the discovery of a key step in plant cell wall production
- How sunflowers track the sun
- What animals can tell us about sleeping
- Exposing the creatures of the deep
- Genetic secrets of algae provide vital insight into coral bleaching
Koalas hug trees to battle climate change
Koalas in the hotter, more arid parts of Australia could become extinct in the face of climate change, new modelling suggests.
- Bearded dragons change color on different body parts for social signals and temperature regulation
Climate change likely to turn up heat on koalas
A changing climate means that by 2070 koalas may no longer call large parts of inland Australia home, researchers have found.
- Pistol and Boo saga a win for Australian biosecurity: Andrew Robinson tells SBS News
- Promiscuity may help some corals survive bleaching events
- Agreement on Point Nepean Research Centre
Trapping malaria in a gene net
The ability of this disease to mutate to nullify drugs is actually its downfall
Move it or lose it: exploiting genetic diversity to fight extinction
We need to think differently about species conservation
- Video: A new way to save bees
The Drain Scene Investigators
Melbourne water researchers have turned detectives to track down the source of pollution in our waterways
Eradicating weeds one woof at a time
Is our best defence against pests and diseases to smell them out?
New Computational Biology major for BSc
The Genetic Backburn
A counter-intuitive idea to introduce more of an invasive species in order to halt their spread. It might just work
Prof. Raoul Mulder featured on SBS documentary about paternity
A weed by any other name
One habitat’s sweet meadow flower is another’s worst nightmare. So what makes a plant a weed and how do they get about?
Treatment breakthrough for life-threatening pregnancy condition
A team of researchers from the School of Biosciences in the Faculty of Science has been integral to an exciting medical breakthrough - a likely treatment for pre-eclampsia.
Why don't humans have tails?
Yes, there is a good tale behind the disappearance of tails from monkeys to humans
Top 10 ways to give nature a helping hand
Victorians are being urged to help nature adapt to new conditions under climate change through a new 10-point guide
Leadership study shows that age beats height
New research out of the University of Melbourne suggests that when it comes to good leadership at the Olympic level, age trumps physical stature
Discovered: A treasure trove of new fish
Researchers have found 20 new species of freshwater fish in the remote Kimberley region - and had to fend off an angry crocodile in the process
Three ways frogs, roads and cars don't mix
... But there are seven things we can do to make their lives just a little easier
Thousands attend historic graduation ceremony
Australian Academy of Science award for Jane Elith
How do penguins find their mate in a sea of tuxedos?
Penguin colonies can number tens of thousands, so how do penguins hook up and find their families?
Helping corals survive a rapidly changing world
Professor Madeleine van Oppen wants to manipulate the complex relationship between corals and microbes to accelerate coral evolution
Dr Jane Elith has been awarded the 2015 Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year, one of the six awards in the annual Prime Minister's Prizes for Science.
The marauding march of invasive plant species
Weeds have changed landscapes around the world, but should we be doing anything to stop them?
Harnessing the power of experts
Relying on expert judgement is a risky but necessary business, requiring the right tools ... and the right experts.
Malaria researcher and surfing enthusiast Professor Geoff McFadden from the School of BioSciences, Faculty of Science has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.
The discovery of a new family of moth is one of the most exciting finds in entomology in the past 40 years. It was found not in some remote and unexplored region of Australia, but right in our backyard on Kangaroo Island in South Australia.
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